|"For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing." ~Friedrich Nietzsche|
For the most part, everyone has that one thing that they feel they cannot resist. I personally have more than one ~ chocolate and ice-cream. Temptation can be controlled through self-control. The problem is how do we exhibit self-control? The answer can be as simple as avoiding purchasing the item or the situation. Avoidance however, is not always possible. Your mind gives you options, and somehow, at times, we gravitate toward the most tempting one.
While it isn't going to be easy, we CAN do it. First and foremost you have to believe in yourself. Remember all things are possible when you believe. You must also have a plan of action so that you are not tempted to deviate from your goals and be able to apply self-control. Most importantly, do not fall off track if you do give into temptation. Mistakes are natural. Mistakes can also help us change our course of action so that we do not make them again.
Exhibiting and maintaining self-control tips:
1) Know and understand your goal inside and out. Without a specific plan in mind, temptation will get you every time. For example, if you have no idea what you are going to eat for the day, you are more likely to make unhealthy choices and if you eat the wrong things, you will leave yourself starving and ready to grab junk. I speak from experience. Food is one of my biggest temptations.
2) Think about actions and consequences. We learn this concept at a young age. If you touch a HOT stove you risk getting burned. I am not saying do not take any risks, as some risks are worth the reward. You must however, truly think about the consequences. If you work your heart out with exercise and then stuff your face with fast-food you are setting yourself up for failure. Again, I have been there. Next time you go to grab a whopper think to yourself, "Do I really want to eat that?". If I eat that I am ruining my hard work. Plan...plan...plan....
3) Do what you love to do. I know I've said this before. Exercise isn't easy, but we can make it easy. Find an activity that you actually look forward to doing. When you like what you do it makes it so much easier. I look forward to kickboxing as I feel like a whole new me, each time I leave class, ready to conquer the world. You have to have a connection with what you are doing otherwise, you will not get off your ass and do it. You will be tempted to stay home and waste time. Explore all of the options, there are so many healthy activities you will find your fit.
4) Listen and know yourself. Always try to push yourself, results will come faster and easier. When I say know yourself, I am sort of referring to find an exercise that fits. Don't let anyone push you too hard, or allow you to get injured. You will be "tempted" to give up. I recommend group exercise activities such as kickboxing, or a fitness coach who is going to guide you in the right direction. I personally dislike personal trainers, as sometimes they lack the proper expertise. Group exercises are extremely motivational, in that everyone works as a team. It always helps to have support. Check in often with us we can support your fitness goals.
Hope you have found my ideas helpful. How do you maintain self-control? Please share. Always remember, no one makes YOU do anything, YOU control your thoughts and actions.
Enjoy your day,